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Frequently Asked Questions

Meal Plans

What happens if I use up all my money before the end the semester?
About ten percent of resident meal plan participants deplete their monies before the semester's end. Frequent users may add additional dollars to their account. Our bonus program allows students to add money and get additional dollars supplemented to their account. I.e. For every dollar you add, two dollars is credited to your balance account. This double dollar bonus is restricted to Resident Meal Plan participants for use at Davison Hall. Additional dollars may be added to the unrestricted portion but without the double dollar bonus.

What happens to unused dollars at the end of each semester?
For resident meal plan participants:

  • At the end of the semester students will receive 40% rebate on any eligible remaining balance.
  • Your rebate will not roll over into the next semester, but be transferred into your business office account.
  • Your rebated amount will be used to pay any outstanding debts at the business office. The balance will be mailed to you.

For Optional meal plan participants:

  • At the end of the semester any unspent dollars will roll over to the next semester, until you graduate, at which point 100% of your unspent dollars will be credited to the business office.
  • Your rebated amount will be used to pay any outstanding debts at the business office. The balance will be mailed to you.

I go home every weekend and I really don't eat that much, so I have a lot of money on my card, can I get more than 40% back?
If you are a resident your room and board includes your Resident Meal Plan. For every dollar of your Resident meal plan, 40% represents the food cost and 60% represents operational costs. Whether you spend your money or not, or whether you use Davison Hall or not, your portion of operations costs is still necessary toward keeping Davison Hall up and running.

Meal Plans & The Coffee Shop

Why can't I have more money on my Coffee Shop account and less on my Davison?
Davison Hall is the primary dining facility on campus, and is set up to accommodate all students during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Why can't I use my Coffee Shop money before 7:00pm?
The Coffee Shop & Pub is an additional dining location for students to enjoy in addition to Davison Hall. After Davison Hall closes, the Coffee Shop & Pub is available for students to meet and snack in a social environment

Why is my Coffee Shop money depleting when I use my card at Davison Hall?
All monies on your Resident Meal Plan is for Davison Hall, however, a small unrestricted amount can also be used at the Coffee Shop. As you deplete your restricted money at Davison Hall, the account automatically draws from your unrestricted funds.

What is the difference between the food offered at Davison Hall and the Coffee Shop?
Davison Hall offers a 3 week rotating cycle of menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to a large selection of desserts. Stations in addition to the line include: the pasta station, the action station, the deli, the grill and the salad & bread bar.

The Coffee Shop offers a fixed and prepared to order menu. It includes a large variety of options such as omelets, marinated chicken breast plate, teriyaki steak, tuna salad, chicken salad, veggie pockets, soups, grab and go salads, calzones, subs, pizza and so on.

Special Diets, Nutrition & Food Preferences

I am a vegetarian, how can I be sure to find something to eat on a regular basis?
Davison Hall includes one vegetarian dish in their lunch and dinner menus. There are also additional options available daily, such as pasta and sauce, vegetables and starches in entrees and chef's choice, salads options at the salad bar, veggie wraps at the deli or you could get an omelet at the grill.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I get Soy milk or Lactaid instead of regular milk?
If you have any dietary requirements, please inform a supervisor and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs. Sometimes items are not displayed simply because no one asks for it.

ID Cards

What happens if I lose my ID card/Meal Card?
Report your lost card immediately by contacting someone at the Davison Hall front office, phone extension 7750. If your card has been turned in, it will be in the lost and found ID file until you pick it up. If not, your card will be shut off so that no one else can use it. You will then have to purchase a new ID for $10.00.

If your lost ID is turned in afterward we will keep it on file in case you lose your second ID. We will turn off you second ID and reactivate your first at no extra charge. Any cards reported lost will be deactivated so that no one else can use them.

My meal card was taken from me by the cashier, how do I get it back?
Dining staff are instructed to take cards that ring up "lost;" cards that are damaged and don't work; and cards that don't belong to you. The card will then be forwarded to the Davison Hall office where you can find out what the problem was and have it resolved.

My meal card doesn't work and I need a new one, do I still need to pay $10.00?
If your meal card is damaged in any way, it will be replaced at no charge, but you must bring the damaged card in to trade.

Miscellaneous Questions

If I am sick and cannot make it to Davison Hall to eat, can my roommate use my card to buy my meals and bring them to me?
Send a permission note with your card so that your roommate has the authority to use your card.

What do I do if I have a food suggestion or a great recipe to share?
Please post any suggestions and ideas in our suggestion box outside the dish room. We review these on a regular basis.